Prefab and Modular Elevators are traditionally built by constructing a hoistway as part of the building with wood, steel or concrete blocks. Components are then lowered or carried into the vertical space and assembled.
Modular elevators are produced horizontally. A tough, durable steel frame makes up the hoistway that is wrapped in drywall for a fire-rating. The horizontal shaft then has an elevator a pre-installed inside. This includes the elevator car, rails, wiring and drive system.
They are complete units ready for setup, adjustment and testing.
Building a shaft from scratch and integrating it into the existing structure involves time and labor – during much of which the daily business of an occupied building may have to be disrupted. Enter the prefabricated elevator, designed and built to fit each installation, delivered on a flatbed, and installed in as little as four hours.
Prefab elevator shafts were introduced by Innotech Manufacturing LLC in 1994. While Phoenix Modular Elevator of Mt. Vernon, Illinois began manufacturing modular elevators before 2009.
Call Country Home Elevator at 417-376-4009 for a custom quote on your prefab or modular elevator needs.
When retrofitting an existing building with an elevator, it can sometimes be difficult to find a space where the hoist way will fit. In situations like this, the easiest solution is often to put the elevator in a self-contained shaft outside the structure, with one or more hoist way openings leading into the building. Townhouses, condominiums, and apartment units are particularly well-suited to exterior-shaft elevators.